Kent Kapplinger has lived in Fargo and worked professionally as an artist, visual arts instructor, and printer for nearly thirty years. He is an Emeritus Professor of Visual Arts at North Dakota State University. In 1998, he founded the department's Printmaking, Education, and Research Studio (PEARS) where he continues as director and master printer. In that capacity, he has collaboratively printed with over thirty invited artists and taught or co-taught over twenty workshops to promote fine art printmaking to the public.
His primary working studio is the NDSU print studio where he focuses on socio- environmental issues through his printmaking research. His work has been extensively exhibited and widely collected and is permanently archived in Artist Printmaker/Photographer Research Collection at the Museum of Texas Tech University. He recently received an ‘Outstanding Creative Activity Award’ from the NDSU College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, and previous ‘Individual Artist Fellowships’ from North Dakota Council on the Arts, Hungarian Multicultural Center and Woodstock School of Art in New York.
Kapplinger has served on numerous arts organizations and boards such as: Executive Board Member of the Fargo-Moorhead Visual Artists and of the North Dakota Art Galleries Association, Print Studio Advisory Board of the Plains Art Museum, and Associate Board Member of the Mid-America Print Council.
Counties served (figures taken from 2018 census): Steele County, population 1,903; Traill County, population 8,037; Cass County, population 181,516; Ransom County, population 5,237; Sargent County, population 3,870; Richland County, population 16,239